The embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu-Sheriff, has described the way and manner in which the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, is publicly conducting himself as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unbecoming’.
Sheriff made the comment in reaction to Fayose’s claim that he was removed as PDP Chairman over his ambition for the 2019 presidential ticket of the PDP.
Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, June 23, 2016, Sheriff said:
“I am ashamed at the way and manner Fayose is conducting himself in the country. I was once a governor; so, I know that the position of governor is a very serious one that demands responsible behaviour.”
“I never told anybody I wanted to run for president and I did not promise anybody the vice presidential ticket. I have decided not to join issues with Fayose.”
“Myself and the Treasurer who is also a member of the NWC are signatories to the bank accounts of the PDP. Makarfi may also open another account in the name of his caretaker committee if he wished.”
“There is only one PDP, which is the one under my leadership. Anyone who thinks that the Makarfi, contraption can work is deceiving himself. I am the only chairman of the PDP recognised by the courts, the constitution and the Electoral Act.”
“I became chairman because the PDP chose me to lead the party. So, I won’t sit by and watch some people mess up the party. I am here to correct what had gone wrong with state congresses conducted by the party.”
He also reiterated his claim as the party’s chairman, adding that the National Working Committee (NWC) under him is in charge of the bank accounts of the PDP, not the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee.
Fayose had been instrumental to Sheriff’s emergence as the chairman of the opposition party, but the duo fell out when Sheriff was removed from office during the party’s convention on May 21, 2016.